Volunteer in the Parks

Let your park enthusiasm translate to volunteering! The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to fully restore the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the Conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.

Tree Count

Jamaica Pond Boathouse
Friday, May 24th, Wednesday, May 29th, Friday, May 31st, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our tree inventory up to date. Learn to identify trees, measure their diameter, and track pruning work on paper and with GIS!


Volunteer Leader Training, Part 1

New England Aquarium
Saturday, May 25th,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

At this classroom workshop, learn some basics of forest ecology and review common invasive plants and how to identify them in preparation for leading small groups of volunteers in the field.


Volunteer Leader Training, Part 2

Franklin Park
Friday, July 12,  10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Use your skills in the field! This workshop will review identification of invasive plants and teach how to remove them.

Tuesdays with Roses

Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
Season begins May 28! | Tuesday evenings,  5:30 – 7:30 pm

Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools provided.


Woodlands Volunteer Corps (Second Saturdays)

Franklin and Olmsted Parks
June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12 and November 9 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Help implement a comprehensive woodlands management program and promote a healthier forest through activities ranging from removing invasive plant species to conditioning forest soil.

For more information or to create your own volunteer event, contact Field Operations Manager Ellen Arnstein at earnstein@emeraldnecklace.org or 617.522.2700.

To Volunteer:

Contact Ellen Arnstein for more information: earnstein@emeraldnecklace.org

For more information on volunteering in the Emerald Necklace as a Corporate Partner, click here.

Volunteer Information:

What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle.
What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.
What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!
What about the weather: Projects are weather dependent.